The Holey Ecofont

Now here’s an interesting concept — environmental fonts. The idea is to save costs and resources by leaving tiny little holes during printing, thereby saving on ink or toner.

Here is a downloadable pdf document I put together to give you an idea of what this looks like. You can see that at the larger point sizes, the holes become more apparent. But at the smaller sizes, the holes are barely if at all noticeable, while still retaining legibility. Sound like a good idea?

See it in action for yourself. You can get the Ecofont Vera Sans font here for free. This is a version of the Vera Sans font to which the  Ecofont technology has been applied.

Although I try to minimize the amount of printing I do of draft documents, emails, etc., it is still a fact of life that I cannot (yet) go completely paperless. The jury is still out, though, on whether Ecofont would help in the interim to save money and help the environment. Nevertheless, I do find the idea to be quite fun and interesting.

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4 thoughts on “The Holey Ecofont”

  1. Ha – we might as well go back to dot matrix – the sample fonts look a lot like the way we used to print 20 yrs ago.

  2. The “Holey Ecofont” will be a nightmare for printers. Those holes will fill up with ink so fast that any kind of quality control issues will result in lots of paper being tossed away, lots of plate wash being used to clean plates (make more chemicals to dispose of), more down time = less production = higher consumer cost. If you really want to do something that will help the land fills-work to outlaw paper diapers. It takes 25 years for a diaper to decompose. Just a thought……

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